South Africa in Australia 2012-13

South Africa batsmen easily distracted - Warner

Daniel Brettig

November 15, 2012

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David Warner fell cheaply, Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, 3rd day, Brisbane, November 11, 2012
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South Africa's batsmen were too easily distracted during the first Test and would do well to improve their concentration if they wish to bat for longer periods in Adelaide, according to Australia's opener David Warner.

Seldom short of a word to his opponents, Warner said Australia's players were tired of the South Africans pulling away before the ball was bowled in Brisbane. It was a saga that reached an angry climax when James Pattinson and Graeme Smith exchanged words after South Africa's captain backed off - understandably - when a bird flew across his eye-line with the bowler about to deliver. Warner thinks the issue of movement around the sight-screen had been overplayed.

"I don't think you saw any of our players stop once because of guys walking behind the sight screen," Warner said. "I don't know how you can be that distracted or what they're looking at or what they're seeing. They've got to try and take those little distractions out of their mind because that could be something that's detracting from their game and preventing them from staying out there for longer periods.

"If the guy's in the fourth tier at the MCG and you see someone move, you're looking way too much and you're too distracted. The other day AB de Villiers played a ball when the sight-screen was still on the advertising board, so if he's just concentrating on the specifics of the bowler then that's fantastic. But someone is moving away because a guy is peaking his head behind the sight screen - if you're picking those little things up I think you're not watching the bowler hard enough."

Warner himself had reason to wonder about his powers of focus and concentration after his innings on a friendly Gabba wicket ended after only 16 minutes, 15 deliveries and four runs. A cheap dismissal, edging Dale Steyn, seemed the logical conclusion to a preparation that featured plenty of time on the bench, with Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League, and only one first-class match since April. Warner admitted he had sought the counsel of Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey about finding focus and purpose as a cricketer, when a relentless schedule and his commitments as a T20 commodity detract from that end.

"[To play] three forms, as I've found out in the last 12-18 months, [has] been mad, it's been hectic. I've thoroughly enjoyed it, but now I start respecting the guys who've played for the last 10 years," Warner said. "I talk to guys like Ricky and Michael and Huss about how they mentally get through it all, and they say to us you've just got to try to find some time off somewhere in the year to take your mind off cricket. Any week you get off you try to spend it at home or just doing the little things you can to help cricket in Australia."

Warner watched his opening partner Ed Cowan closely during the Brisbane Test, admiring his concentration and balance between attack and defence. "Ed leaves a lot of balls that I'm probably playing at and that's what I'm learning up the other end. He probably leaves a couple of good length balls when I'm fending at them and shouldn't have to," Warner said. "It gives me another role to think about as well. You talk about respecting some good balls, and some of those good balls I can probably take on and would take on, but I have to start respecting my wicket a little bit more, and being a bit more consistent.

"You can hit endless amounts of balls and then, like the other day, come out and nick one. But you train for that and you've got to try and switch your mind to it. You can't go back to the change room and think 'this is crap, I prepared so well, how do I just nick one all of a sudden'? You can't let that get you down."

Australia are expected to name an unchanged squad for the second Test in Adelaide. The only variable is whether Shane Watson is added as a 13th member of the team pending his fitness.

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Posted by hhillbumper on (November 17, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

David Warner.That master of concentration and test cricket. It would seem that the Aussie opener does not do irony

Posted by cricmatters on (November 17, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

@Vlies I noticed that sequence too. It is hilarious no doubt whether by design or accident. I don't think Warner is ready for Test Cricket against top teams. Watson should replace him in the second test and open with Ed Cowen to provide Australia with a steady start.

Posted by mahjut on (November 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@Kolpak1989 on (November 16 2012, 02:47 AM GMT) """You obviously haven' seen Morkel, Philander, Tahir, Kleinveldt etc in action if you think that South Africa is the best team in terms of fielding""" I do agree with the first three (and have not watched Kleinvelt field - but surely he won't keep his spot) and your assertion that SA are not what they were in the field but there was no need for the ""ETC""" - the rest are pretty good in their spots in the field. Duminy, Faf, Steyn Kallis Smith all do their jobs pretty well

Posted by mahjut on (November 16, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

oops! has no-one taught him about PR ... you have to be someone to make such statements. There was littel need for SA bats to concentrate - when they had to, they did! first innings when there was a bit of cloud, they did what they had to (they will know they didn't make perfect decisions though) and the last innings was a sort of predictable shambles that was alwyas going to end pretty much exactly as it did ... by the middle of the 4th day i'd called this one (within a wicket - SA lost one more than i'd said they would). the best day or that whole series for a nuetral (or let's be more precise - for ME) was the second one...i actually got some sleep!

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 16, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Cringe worthy from Warner. Can you ever imagine Hussey doing this?

Posted by baobabjim on (November 16, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

what a non-value comment. Hilarious:)

Posted by Vleis on (November 16, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Oh the irony. There are four headlines on cricinfo re the SA v Oz test series:

1. "Warner's place in question"; 2. "Selectors ponder pairing Quiney with Cowan" 3. "Numbers game: Warner's diminishing returns"....followed by, 4. "Warner questions SA bats' focus".

Now..if that is not hilarious, then nothing is!

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Warner needs to concentrate on his own batting rather than big talk

Posted by yankinsa on (November 16, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Pretty rich, this coming from the man who is a legend-in-the-Aussies-commentators-minds !! I'll lay a bet that before the beginning of next season Warner will be another Hughes...on the way out and only remembered for a good ODI or T20 knock ever 3/4 innings. Not as a Test cricketer, the ultimate test.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (November 16, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Hey Warner,you might be talented and able to play stroke filled innings when you get going, but same can't be said about "cricket brain' or just 'sense' which is very uncommon but seems absolutely nil in your case.I like his attacking style and would like to see him succeed in tests at the top order-Such players do add some excitement to tests-Two test 100s is proof of his ability but also his lack of any sort of consistency make him a burden in an inexp top3 as the Aus.He seems distracted-shows in many of his immature,senseless comments bordering on a dangerous type of distracted arrogance.Aus team some great role models esp Hussey and the captain in humility and focus that young ,talented but distracted souls can learn and strive to emulate-they are 2 of heavyweights in the present Test game-no harm following lead.The last he should be doing is becoming an Aus K Pieterson and embarass his team.Least KP has 20+ 100s- something he shoud try to add to his 2 in tests n b'come good at.

Posted by MrCricket2 on (November 16, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Dave Warner a great entertainer in himself don't need to talk about SA batters concentration , You carry on mate and play another wonderful inning which we are waiting for...!

Posted by Seoul-Survivor on (November 16, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

Piraveenan Mahendrarajah, I always see these type of, "them versus us," comments re certain commenters and how the world hates australia in cricket. Its just counterproductive. Lets follow the logic. If there is a test series on Mr Congeniality then Australia would not win, however, make no mistake, this is a sport, a contest and a workplace for these athletes. Being loved by any other than their own supporters is irrelevant. The prize is not a popularity contest, please lets make that distinction. In every sport in every corner of the world, there are head games by coaches, staff and athletes. Mohammed Ali anyone? Please if you have a comment that is based on prejudices of countries rather than the subject of the article itself, please refrain. Its tired, old and so run of the mill.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (November 16, 2012, 2:47 GMT)


You obviously haven't seen Morkel, Philander, Tahir, Kleinveldt etc in action if you think that South Africa is the best team in terms of fielding. They have AB, who is excellent, but he is wasted behind the stumps. There aren't enough fine legs in the world to hide the clumsy hands that they have in that team at the moment.

Back in the days of Jonty Rhodes SA was undoubtedly top class for fielding, but not now. Australia wins hands down in that department with the likes of Clarke, Ponting (still the best at hitting the pegs), Warner, Hussey, Siddle, Cowan, Quiney etc. The only possible weak link in the Australian field is Lyon (maybe) and he is usually pretty good as well.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Warner should take his advice and concentrate on learning how to play test cricket. At the moment he is a liability to the Australia Test Team. He's also got a mouth bigger than his brain.

Posted by Geeganage on (November 16, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Very funny, what about the movement begging at bowler running and ended up some ware straight back bowlers hand at release? You will pick the bowler hand but ball will lose in the way. Once that happen to you Warner, you would stayed away even a butterfly ran over. Grab some experience n concentrate on your batting dude before comment on others concentrate.

Posted by JustOUT on (November 16, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Looks like he is Aussie version of SREESHANTH.......LOL..

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 16, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

dear oh dear Dave. Some people should wear their baggy greens in their mouth, not on their head. I can actually see his point about the pull aways, but I don't think it needed to be stated in public. .. I wonder if there is now an opportunity for the Saffers to distract the Aussies by pulling away even more. It obviously gets under their skin. @ Nashidar : "I question the concentration of the people who have commented on this article." - Priceless! ..

Posted by Reggaecricket on (November 16, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

Look, even we spectators find the physiological games a little too stale, so I am sure you are wasting you time trying to unnerve the South Africans, Warner!BTW, you are due for runs,so why don't you concentrate on your batting, huh?

Posted by Nashidar on (November 16, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

So apparently a lot of people here didn't read the article in its entirety or the would've seen the how criticised himself as well.

I question the concentration of the people who have commented on this article.

Posted by   on (November 16, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

If you are a true champion, you let the bat (or ball) do the talking. This 'mental disintegration' techniques are disgusting and do not work anyway. It is because of this attitude that most of the world will be glad when your team loses the game.

Posted by gp_dadwal on (November 16, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Big statement, now he can not ever stop play in his career unless bird S#!T lands on him out of the blue

Posted by Meety on (November 15, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

@Kolpak1989 on (November 15 2012, 22:51 PM GMT) - unfortunately, I agree 100%. I suppose it's a trade off between having "no comment" answers or just rehearsed PR lines. The rest of the article about finding ways to deal with the hectic schedule was good stuff though! @ Biggus on (November 15 2012, 10:12 AM GMT) - particularly after scoring 4!

Posted by silverline15 on (November 15, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

Ian healey commenting on AB DeVelliers ability to bat and keep wicket and now Warners comments on SA batsmen lack of concentration. Thats Australias tactics of getting under the oppositions skin. In their glory days AUS had players that could speak and back it up by performance. Warners shouldnt even be playing test cricket. Talk about living on past glories.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (November 15, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

@Wozza_CY agree with you that Khawaja is next in line to get in the team. For me Warner is a star and should be given more time. Its good the likes of Khawaj are scoring runs in Shield as it keeps the pressure on the top 6 which is fantastic. If Watson was fit to bat only i would bring him in for Quiney no question about it.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Spoken like a true test batsman. NOT!!!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (November 15, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

I'm not a Warner fan as I believe after he made his first couple of shield scores he went straight to the media and said he deserved a test spot when many other players had been dominating shield cricket for years. That said dont find much wrong with what he said here its just a little mind games. However reckon it will work the other way as it will stir the SOuth Africans along to focus on the batting. I do wonder though if Warner is so good at concentrating it has to be his technique that is not up to test cricket. Watson was a very successful opener averaging 50 for the three years before losing the opening spot get him back opening with Cowan and make Warner churn out much more shield 100's then he has in the past.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

This guy is the best batsmen in the world right now in all three formats, Amla and co should heed his words carefully.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (November 15, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

Love the intensity Davey but you might want to be scoring more than four runs in a test match before you start handing out advice to guys who scored centuries in the same game. That said, hope you get a big one in Adelaide and we roll these pretenders.

Posted by hoko7354 on (November 15, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

this is ridiculous.....I might find this less humorous if it came from Clarke, Ponting or Hussey. But Warner??? (did I spell his name right?)

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

God, he is infected with Indian illness. He is more worried about other people and teams than of his own form and technique.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (November 15, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

What a retarded comment from a youngster whos way short of being a proper test should concentrate on your own batting son, Smith Kallis and Amla have been there done that

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

What a TOOL. Yes in CAPITAL.

Posted by BKyogi on (November 15, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

I did not know Warner at all before he represented Australia. At an average, he plays 10 innings and scores one fifty. Australian selectors must be really void of openers to have him in the team. He allows his mouth to talk and not his bat. As someone indicated, he scored a century against an Indian Bowling attack against whom any one of the grade 2 players would have scored. Come on Warner, please show to the Australians that you have the capability of scoring at least one century or a fifty against a real test class attack.

Posted by mrmonty on (November 15, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

A case of pots and kettles and yada yada...

Posted by WTEH on (November 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

I guess Warner spent too much time in India, now he's accustomed to the culture. The one who do not have a clue of what he's doing is planning to guide others how to do their jobs correctly!!!!

Posted by xylo on (November 15, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

In my opinion, Warner's worth as a test cricketer will be laid thread bare at the end of this series.

Posted by SICHO on (November 15, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Am I the only one seeing the irony here? A guy who averages 39 says to guys who average 49, 50, 57 and 49 that they don't concentrate enough. Rubbish!!!

Posted by DarshanValand89 on (November 15, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Mr. Warner, concentrate on your own cricket instead of getting in the face of the SA's.

Posted by the_blue_android on (November 15, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

To everyone who says Warner has no right to talk about SA batsmen. Guys, he earned his right to sledge by scoring a hundred against an Indian bowling attack spearheaded by none other than Vinay Kumar. Respect!

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Oh yeah now SA will concentrate better and Aussies can't win ;)

Posted by warneneverchuck on (November 15, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Players like Warner and pollard shud play only shorter formats as they r not test material

Posted by SanSL5 on (November 15, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Shows how distracted Warner is! He should focus more on his concentration than others' distractions.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (November 15, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

So basically Smith, Kallis, Amla et al need to learn the art of concentration and focus from Mr. Warner! So Mr. Warner, let us know when your classes start. We would be privileged to attend those classes. Why don't you ask Sachin, Jayawardene, Chanderpaul and others to attend too?

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (November 15, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

it took me a while but I have figured it out I think .. clearly Warner's bat did not talk so he's had to. But the bigger picture is that he is just doing what the dossier says! Play minds games!

Posted by Last_ride on (November 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Me Being a Saffer i really dont care about this Guy. And what he talks.But what i do care is in the next match Sa will Bounce Back strongly.They are a much better side then what the first test shows.Regarding Warner and his ridiculous Banter. I will reply to that once the series is over. Come on South Africa....

Posted by Red_Hat on (November 15, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Funny to see warner giving advice to SA great players Kalis, Amla, Smith.. He should think more about his place in AUS team.

Posted by brusselslion on (November 15, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

Warner's certainly not short of confidence; it's just a shame that it's misplaced. He averages 39 in Tests while De Villiers averages 49. Maybe the advice should be going in the other direction?

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Is this a joke? Not sure what motivated him to make these statements, considering he's on the verge of losing his own spot in the team due to his inconsistency. So ironic, making himself look like a complete fool. Good job Warner!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (November 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

For me, the best batsmen, the best bowling, the best fielding was always South Africa. It's a gifted team with many incredible players. Unfortunately they couldn't make to an international final. But, since Rhodes, Donalds, Hansies, and until now in the days of Staynes, ABs, they are true champions. Anybody can admire their way for playing. Their bowling is similar to Pakistan. Batting is similar to Australia or India's. No match for their fielding, may be Australia and Sri Lanka are good competitors. They are simply the best... Don't play mind games...

Posted by Sarthak1305 on (November 15, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Well of course side screen issues wont bother Warner, you needs to spend some time in the middle to have issues with the side screens, if u r unhappy with the movement behind or next to it for the 2 overs and 4 balls u played then in my mind you r being fussy :)

Posted by fizz11 on (November 15, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

I hope this is part of some strategy that the Aussies have worked out to distract the South Africans because it sounds stupid...Warner would do better to work on his own concentration skills then advise the likes of Amla and co

Posted by Marcio on (November 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

It's pointless repeating it yet again, but people need to read what players actually say, not the headline or the writer's comments. There's barely even a story here, let alone reason to be outraged. He's commenting about the gamesmanship of the SA batsmen with moving around, and he's entitled to his very mundane observations. But by all means do be enraged. After all, Warner said they need to focus on the ball. It's totally outrageous! Yawn... And I'm guessing those calling for Warner to be dropped after one innings, are the same guys who are now calling Cowan "a true Aussie battler" - Cowan averaged 13 runs an innings less than Warner the last time I looked. Personally, I support both players, and they deserve an opportunity to play all three tests here. I'll be cheering for them.

Posted by HooknPull on (November 15, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Find this comment from Warner quite amusing. Considering his own performance he would do well to focus more on his shortcomings than the shortcomings of others He's yet to cement his place in the test side and a poor series against the saffas could see him back to playing for NSW. Hope he can turn it around cause when he's on song its a joy to watch but until he does maybe he should keep his mouth shut.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

Juniors, who have no proven record of even being able to play Test cricket,should learn to keep quiet. Perhapps other Aussie players put him up to this. Bizarre. If a batsman is distracted then so be it, they're not doing it on purpose. Why is it that Aussie players feel they have to make statements?? No class at all.

Posted by Valavan on (November 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@Kasun Arunoda Pathirana, are you talking sense, Warner has already 2 test centuries one each vs India and westindies. Eventhough Oz sledge here, it was same SA and co sledging WI in SA back in 2007/08. why everyone first to spill at aussies. I feel GC Smith will return empty handed this time from Australia. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by ScottStevo on (November 15, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

As an Aussie supporter I can't take this seriously. Firstly, I somewhat agree that the SA batsmen did pull away a few too many times and slow the bowlers down but claims that Aus didn't do so at all are completely untrue. Possibly this was just a sig as SA pulled out during bowlers run ups a few times. As for his ridiculous comments regarding concentration, he could learn a lot from Smith, Amla and Kallis who are masters of the art form. In all honesty, Warner needs to get his act together as in the last year his form has been woeful across all formats and personally, when Watson is fit (to bat), Warner should go close to losing his spot, as his role as test opener is severly hampered by his inconsistency. it's nice to have a guy who can get off to a flyer, but only where he's able to fulfil his main responsibity to the team of setting up a solid platform. If Warner can prove that he also has the ability to knuckle down and "value" his wicket, then I'd be happier with him opening...

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Warner waxing lyrical about how Smith, Kallis and Amla need to concentrate and not get distracted when they bat... Hmm, what's the word I'm looking for here..? Oh yeah, "ironic".

Posted by MrPud on (November 15, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Warner's ton in Hobart last season was a wonderful innings on a difficult track which all other batsmen struggled. It was only against the Kiwi's but the conditions definitely suited NZ's bowlers.That innings showed batting maturity; these comments do not. Learn from the quality batsmen around you and get some runs champ!

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (November 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

@Kevin McQueen. Sorry mate I fail to see how he can possibly play 4 innings since the Aussies only bat once at the Gabba

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

haha! typical aussie mind games. They are the masters!

Posted by spot_on on (November 15, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

look who is talking about distraction... lol !!!!

Posted by Narbavi on (November 15, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

well man, i'm sure Steyn and co. heard that, they are coming for ya

Posted by mughal29173 on (November 15, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

lesson drawn is play less but quality cricket. least of all the T 20s

Posted by andrew27994 on (November 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Lol!!!. This is the problem with Australia. They pick their least run scorer to be the loud mouth of their team. Last year, when they played against India, it was Haddin who made comments and this time Warner.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Warner wont be playing in the third test not because he's distracted because by then he will have only scored less than 50 runs in 4 innings against South Africa in this series - typical Aussie" know it all"

Posted by peeeeet on (November 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Warner just needs to stay out of the media and focus. He's got great batters around him in Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, as well as Cowan who is a very insightful fellow, who can help him as he develops as a player. This guy is still in his early 20s and has a lot to learn. Best he just tries to be a good student and focus on honing his own skills.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Warner..:O:O:O Seriously???Dude get a test century first..

Posted by AhmedEsat on (November 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Is this a joke? Get Rid of this 20/20 hacker and bring in a classy player like Khawaja.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (November 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Steyn and Morkel can make this loudmouth look like a club cricketer. Marlon Samuels taught him a lesson in T20 world cup when he provided Warner a dose of his own medicine. It is not always clever to shoot from your mouth especially when the opposition contains the likes of Kallis and steyn. He would do well to concentrate on his own batting and score some runs.

Posted by TopC on (November 15, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

That is absolute nonsense David Warner, I observed numerous occasions when both Michael Clark and Ed Cowan "pulled away before the ball was bowled....because of guys walking behind the sight screen". All this slagging-off at the opposition in order to give some sort of impression that you are somehow superior to the opposition is really getting very tiresome....just get over yourself already!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mjay1992 on (November 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

just as bemused as everyone else. david warner lecturing smith, amla, kallis and de villiers on concentration is as big a joke as i've ever heard one

Posted by stormy16 on (November 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

That's a bit rich from Warner to put it mildly and I get the feeling this is a guy you dont want to give the microphone to (much like KP) - they shoot from the hip. Also how on earth can Warner decide what is distracting another batter? I dont this requires Sherlock's services - if a batter is distracted for what ever he is distracted, there are no rules governing that for that very reason. Its a personal thing and different people will get distracted by differnet things.

Posted by TsoroM on (November 15, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Let Warner get at least half the amount of runs Kallis has and then maybe we'll give him a second to listen to what he has to say. At this point in time, he just needs to shut it and try and learn the consistency of playing test cricket...

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 15, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Guys Warner is a match winner. However i think its wonderul that the likes of Doolan, Khawaja, Hughes are making runs in shield as it shows that the batting stocks in Aus are good. Khawaja being the leading shield run scorer would be first off the rank if there was another injury. His runnign between the wickets and fielding also looks much improved as seen from Border's comments in the one day game yesterday against Tasmania.

Posted by KhanMitch on (November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

For me i would keep Warner in, but if there was another injury then I would get Khawaja in. He is the best shield batsman this year and also top scored against Tasmania in the Ryobi cup game. I noticed that Mark Waugh commented on how his running was very aggresive in the Ryobi game yesterday against Tasmania which shows he is listening to selector feedback and improving on what was asked of him.

Posted by reddawn1975 on (November 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Yeah i agree lads i am an Aussie born and bred fan but Warner needs to do something and that's score some runs over a long period of time before he should even dare to comment on the like's of Amla and Kallis embarrasing comments to be honest i'd drop him Watson should play just as a Batsman thats when he's played his best cricket the Australian selectors are useless

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

If you as a batsmen dont feel ready to face the ball you are more than entitled to pull away? What the heck is this nonsense coming out of his mouth?

Its always been bowl once the batsman is ready. Not the other way around. This isnt action cricket.

Maybe once he has made some runs in test cricket can he start commenting on focus, distraction and concentration.

Posted by path_finder_13 on (November 15, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@ JustOUT is funny he questions players like kallis amla smith and AB.....

Posted by hmmmmm... on (November 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

He is batting equivalent of one Mitchell Johnson - can be a match winner but 9/10 times a walking wicket (self induced)!

Posted by Joby_George on (November 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Probably this will be Warners last test series. Baseball players styles are not fit enough for playing test cricket, its the game that legends like Kallis, Lara, Dravid etc played.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

amazing , warner is lecturing the likes of amla , kallis , smith on batting . i can expect a lot of chatter from sa slip cordon in next test when warner will be batting .

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

@ jonesy2 i have a feeling Warner's furniture being disturbed by Steyn with the first ball

Posted by Vincent49 on (November 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

He needs a season or 2 of domestic cricket, out of the Australian squad.

Posted by JustOUT on (November 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Ah... this guy is not even eligible to play test cricket and he is talking abt the legendary test batsmen in SA team. This guys is a pure T20 joker. I am sure he will be ripped by Steyn or other SA seamers in this series and he will never ever talk. Let's see how long he is hanging in the Aus test team. Go Proteas....

Posted by paps123 on (November 15, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Its not about respecting his wicket, he needs to have a look at his technique

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

funniest thing i've ever read on here! warner lecturing the likes of jacques kallis and hashim amla on concentration. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by cricketcarl on (November 15, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

there's no doubt that smith was using delaying tactics to prevent hilfenhaus from getting thru his over quickly and efficiently as he does. but the first session of a highly billed series is gonna bring some drama. great for cricket! but these tactics will generally work against u and backfire. bit like a pinch hitter. but beware aust. saf bowlers some time during this series will fire, and when they do, it may just decide the series. oh by the way, will kallis' stats ever be seen again?? can players around the world not learn from his discipline, he would hav about 66% of his figures if he wasnt 101% committed, oh 101! his first test century score i believe, long live the great game!!!

Posted by Wozza-CY on (November 15, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

How can Warner comment on Kallis & Amla when they scored well over 300 runs in the test match? He needs to do his talking with his bat. There has been much speculation over the last 18 mths with our top 3 & with Cowans ton he looks safe. If Quiney gets runs in Adelaide he may get an extended run. Then there is Khawaja in good form & Watson to maybe return, Warner might be behind the sightscreens himself.

Posted by petert10 on (November 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Absolutely ridiculous from Warner. Obviously a ploy to get under the saffas skins. Still a silly comment from a man who is the only batsman in the Australian line up who has no understanding of longevity at the crease, hypocrisy at its very best

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Actually, 'Mr Cricket' also pulled away during his innings. Didn't see Warner complain about that?

Posted by cricprasu on (November 15, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Mr.Warner first speak with bat....u r not that much grown in any way to made comments on the likes of kallis,smith,amla & co...1st focus on ur batting and dont be distracted......

Posted by WJ77 on (November 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Haha funny man Warner. Maybe he should score some runs before moaning about other batsmen who all outplayed him.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (November 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@Hussain Dewan : You took my words dear... very well said.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

as much as it was annoying & did seem escessive, I don't think your one to talk Warner, you didn't last long mate!!

Posted by Toxicbite on (November 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

guys who've had longer and better careers than you... hmmm...

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 15, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

i feel a dave warner hurricane coming to adelaide.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Warner will struggle to bat for 20 minutes at a time this series, so he can certainly pipe down about SA's batsmen, every one of them more accomplished than he is...

Posted by Micgyver on (November 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

I am proud Aussie cricket fan but fair dinkum, Warner needs to shut his mouth and concentrate making double figures.You've been on the scene for 2 seconds and are not qualified to blab your mouth.In fact if i had it my way you wouldnt be playing in Adelaide, your too inconsistent and look way out of your depth against Steyn and co.

Posted by dalboy12 on (November 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

C'mon Warner you score a couple of test centuries and smack a few balls around in 20/20 and now you feel you're good enough to tell Smith, Kallis and Amala how to concentrate and bat. Is it just me or does that just sound arrogant?

Posted by Sakthiivel on (November 15, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Warner kid just played 10 test matches and taking big lecture about distraction. Kiddo you just concentrate on your game not others.

Posted by Buggsy on (November 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

I was a massive fan of Warner from the moment he dismantled the South Africans in his debut T20 several years ago. Now however, I just wish he would just shut his mouth and start scoring runs. Either that or make way for someone who walks the talk.

Posted by Biggus on (November 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Even as an Aussie I find it embarrassing every time Warner opens his mouth. A philosopher he is most definitely not. Some people just shouldn't be let anywhere near a microphone.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

I think most comments here are going to be variations on the theme of Warner being hypocritical for criticising others' lack of concentration. He's a talented player but he won't win any admirers by shooting his mouth off like that.

Posted by Aspraso on (November 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Pre match Warner was talking of playing "attacking cricket" and now after 16 minutes & 4 runs in the crease, post-match Warner is talking of "respectful, calm cricket". Methinks he is the one distracted.

Posted by havalina on (November 15, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

well David Warner is the perfect batsmen to warn people of the dangers of not being able to play a long test innings, he has plenty of experience of not being able to do so.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (November 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

I see what Warner is trying to do, but I doubt anyone in the SA camp is going to take him seriously.

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Rich coming from Warner.. Wow..

Posted by   on (November 15, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

How the hell would he be eligible to judge ? He lasted only 15 minutes.

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